MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park (YNP) hosted 921,844 recreation visits in August, making it the most-visited August on record.
The park saw a 4.5% increase from August 2020 and a 12% increase from August 2019, with a recorded 820,006 visits, according to a release.
Previously, the busiest August on record was in 2017, the year of the solar eclipse, with 916,166 recreation visits. However, this year has proved to be record-breaking so far.
Overall this year, the park has hosted 3,590,904 recreation visits, which is up 40% from the same period last year and up 15% from 2019.
The list below shows the year-to-date trend for recreation visits over the last several years (through August):
2021 – 3,590,904
2020 – 2,556,528*
2019 – 3,114,697
2018 – 3,136,241
2017 – 3,232,707
2016 – 3,269,024
More data on park visitation, including how the staff calculates these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.
Editor’s note: *The park was closed March 24-May 18, 2020, due to COVID-19. Two entrances were open May 18-31 and the remaining three opened on June 1.